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The Bank of Ireland Series G
Branches Removed General Issue 1920-1921

Branch listings removed from banknotes

The Bank Notes (Ireland) Act 1920 which repealed an 1828 Act requiring a bank to list the branch of issue on its notes caused the Bank of Ireland to redesign its notes by removing the listing of its branches from the notes resulting in Series G. The requirement to state the branch of payment on a note had lead to all the branches being stated on every note.

Bank of Ireland had started a modernisation of its note issues in 1918 with its reduced size £1 notes of Series F, marking the beginning of an era of transition in Irish currency which lead initially to all the banks developing small size £1 notes. Bank of Ireland Series G banknotes are similar to those of Series F, except with bank branch names omitted.
Apart from the omission of the list of branches on Series G notes, the date and serial number group was moved down on all denominations to fill the space left by the discontinuation of the branch listings, and on £1 notes the position of Dublin relative to the date was moved up.

Other than the two signature varieties, Fleming and Hinton, there are no recorded alterations within the Series. Prefixes and serial numbers are continued from Series F, and the bank likely regarded Series G as a continuation of Series F. Banknote collectors regard the notes with branches omitted as a separate series.

Two Types of Bank of Ireland Series G notes by signature: Fleming, Hinton

There are two signature variations, Type A, A.G. Fleming (Type A, 1920); Type B, S. Hinton (Type B, 1921). Series G £1 notes are scarcer than those of Series F. £5 notes are scarce. £10 notes are very rare, with just one note recorded to date. Prefixes and serial numbers are continued from Series F.

£5 notes: 4 dates recorded. Further dates are unlikely.
Flemming: 10 Aug 1920, prefix T32; 10 Sep 1920, prefix T33.
Hinton: 11 Apr 1921, prefix T34; 12 May 1921, prefix T35.

£10 notes: 1 date recorded. One further date is possible, as a note of prefix U43 has not been seen.
Flemming: 13 Sep 1920, prefix U42.

Type A
Bank of Ireland ten pounds 1920Bank of Ireland one pound note 1920

Type B
Bank of Ireland 5 pounds 1921Bank of Ireland 1 pound 1920

Bank of Ireland reduced size £1 date listing

There are 143 dates for the reduced size £1 note, spread across the two varieties of Series F and two varieties of Series G. An example of each date, where available, is presented in the Bank of Ireland reduced size £1 date listing. Ultimately, the aim is to record an image of every date.

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